Published April 29, 2016
HANNOVER, GERMANY — Gary “Litefoot” Davis, president & CEO, National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency’s delegation in Hannover, Germany this week.
Davis, who has headed NCAIED since January 2012, is the only American Indian representing Indian Country on the U.S. delegation.
The delegation is representing American business interests at Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial technology trade fair. For the first time in the fair’s modern history, the United States is the official partner country.
This partnership was important enough that President Barack Obama and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker made the trip to Hannover. Davis attended a reception on Sunday night in Hannover hosted by President Obama.
“I am honored to have been chosen to be part of the U.S. delegation,” Davis told Tribal Business Journal, Native News Online’s sister Native media partner, before he departed for Europe. “Most important is the fact this is a unique opportunity to build broader relationships for American Indian business enterprises. The world will be there to become acquainted with business enterprises that exist in Indian Country.”
NCAIED has existed for 40 years promoting American Indian tribes and their business enterprises to further economic development in Indian Country. NCAIED’s motto is: “We Mean Business for Indian Country,” which translates into working to better the lives of American Indian people. NACIED hosts the National RES (Reservation Economic Summit) annually in Las Vegas, along with regional ones during the year.
Davis position at NCAIED allows him to take the message about business opportunities in Indian Country to an international audience. Davis says he is there to represent all of businesses in Indian Country, not one particular segment.
“It is time for Indian Country to look beyond borders. This allows us to move the needle when it comes to international trade. There are several countries that want to build business relationships with Indian Country as evidenced by New Zealand and Turkey having representatives attend our RES summits.”
While at Hanover Meese, the Minority Business Development Agency led a U.S.-German a policy roundtable titled “Changing Demographics: Fostering Inclusive Entrepreneurship.” The roundtable focused on policies, programs and best practices to confront economic inequalities through entrepreneurship.